When
Sun 11, Nov, 2018
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where
Room D220, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St
Dallas, Texas, 75202
United States

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Diversifying the HPC Community

The ninth international Women in HPC workshop will take place at SC18, Dallas, USA. Once again Women in HPC, our advocates, allies, supporters, and anyone interested in improving diversity across the HPC community is welcome to join us to discuss the challenges the community faces and how to improve the opportunities provided to women. Previous Women in HPC workshops at SC were great successes, with over 90 attendees in the past two workshops, receiving 32 and 21 posters from early-mid career women, respectively.

The workshop will provide activities of interest to three particular groups:

  • Those responsible for hiring and recruiting staff that are interested in increasing diversity and retention of underrepresented groups in their organisation;
  • Early and mid career women working in HPC who wish to improve their career opportunities;
  • Diversity allies: those wishing to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace culture who want to learn and share tips and methods for bringing about cultural change.

This year, we will have a plenary talk from organizations outside HPC who will showcase their experience of improving workplace diversity and suggest best practices for doing so.  Following this will be a panel discussion about the opportunities and methods to have an inclusive workplace environment. The workshop will encourage participation from the audience to increase the number of ideas generated. Finally we will be providing the opportunity for audience participation with breakout sessions to further discuss the issues raised. We would like to invite people from all aspects of the community to engage in this discussion, irrespective of career stage or workplace type, to fully explore the opportunities for disseminating best practices to the wider community.

Following the positive feedback from our SC17 workshop, the day will include presentations from early career women showcasing their HPC work in a lightning talks session, networking, and the opportunity to meet mentors and peers. We will include talks that will provide instructions for advocates and allies with strategies for improving workplace diversity, and becoming a part of the solution. We will also include a series of short talks on career focused topics, including: building and maintaining workplace resilience, best practices from organizations on improving workplace diversity, working out the two-body problem, and challenges and opportunities for women in entrepreneurship/venture capital. This will provide the attendees with tools on becoming a better leader in the workforce, effectively dealing with challenges at work, and managing work-life balance.

We welcome participation from everyone in the HPC community to discuss the most appropriate and beneficial actions that can be taken to address the gender imbalance in HPC and the strategies that could be adopted to achieve these goals. Our career development activities are beneficial to all and anyone interested in shaping their career is encouraged to participate.

*Call for Contributions* Closing date: Wednesday 15 August 2018

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a short talk. There will be the opportunity to meet with leading employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them. After submission, presenters will be provided with a mentor to aid in the preparation of their talk before the workshop. Submissions are invited as short abstracts (max 300 words) in any area that utilises high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a copy-ready version of their slides and an extended version of their abstract by November 1st 2018.

Agenda

Workshop Speakers, Panelists and Chairs

Committee

The WHPC workshop at ISC19 would not be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers.

Workshop Committee

  • Workshop Chair: Misbah Mubarak, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Co-chair: Elsa Gonsiorowski, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
  • General chair: Toni Collis, Appentra S.L., Spain
  • Posters & Lightning Talk Chair: Weronika Filinger, EPCC, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Posters & Lightning Talk Vice Chair: Jessica Popp, Independent Contractor, USA
  • Mentoring Chair: Gokcen Kestor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • Mentoring co-Chair: Mozhgan Kabiri Chimeh, University of Sheffield, UK

Steering and Organisation Committee

  • Sunita Chandrasekaran, University of Delaware, USA
  • Trish Damkroger, Intel, USA
  • Kelly Gaither, TACC, USA
  • Rebecca Hartman-Baker, NERSC, USA
  • Alison Kennedy, Hartree Centre, STFC, UK
  • Lorna Rivera, CEISMC, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Programme Committee

  • Mariam Umar, Intel, USA
  • Dana Akhmetova, KTH, Sweden
  • Ritu Aurora, Univ. of Texas, USA
  • Jesmin Jahan Tithi, Parallel Computing Lab, Intel Corporation, USA
  • Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Lois Curfman McInnes, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
  • Karen D Devine, Sandia National Laboratory, USA
  • Gokcen Kestor, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , USA
  • Bilge Acun, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
  • Violeta Holmes, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Debbie Bard, Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Shirley V. Moore, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Call for Poster: Closed

Deadline for submissions: August 15th, 2018, anywhere on Earth.

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a short/lightning talk. There will be the opportunity to meet with leading employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them.

After submission, presenters will be provided with a mentor to aid in the preparation of their talk and and associate materials before the workshop. Submissions for talks are invited as extended abstracts (max 500 words) in any area that utilizes high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a version of their work highlighting its goals, accomplishments and impact in the form of postcards (Deadline October 15th). Authors are also expected to give a short lightning talk (3 minutes) at the workshop.

We are encouraging women who consider themselves to be ‘early career’ (i.e. still studying or within five years of graduation) to participate, however this opportunity is open to help everyone who feels they may benefit from presenting their work, irrespective of career stage.

Benefits of participating:

  • Networking: build your HPC network, meet peers and potential employers.
  • Advice and mentoring: Receive expert advice and mentorship to help prepare for your presentation, including slides, how to structure a lightning talk for effective communication and how to make the most of the networking time afterwards.

Submit

Submissions are invited on all topics relating to HPC from users and developers. All abstracts should emphasize the computational aspects of the work, such as the facilities used, the challenges that HPC can help address and any remaining challenges etc.

As an author you will have the opportunity to share your work with the workshop audience in a brief ‘elevator pitch’ talk. This will be followed by the coffee break where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss your work. All attendees will be given a ‘postcard’ outlining the key points of your work, to encourage networking with you.

To submit your abstract for a poster please prepare the following and submit via the SC18 Linklings submission site – make sure your choose ‘SC18 Workshop: Women in HPC’:

  1. Author/presenter information (For all authors):
    • first and last name;
    • current institution(s);
    • short biography (max 300 words);
    • company/institution;
    • country; and
    • photograph for website publicity.
  2. Lightning talk information
      • Title;
      • Extended abstract (up to 500 words).

Notification date: September 15th, 2018.

Successful authors will be asked to prepare and submit a postcard design for use during networking at the event. For the work you intend to present, the postcard should include:

  • objectives of the work being discussed;
  • accomplishments so far;
  • goals of the work.

Full details on preparation of the postcard will be send to successful authors on 15th September.

Camera ready deadline
Final versions of the extended abstract and postcards will be due by October 1st, 2018.

If you have questions please contact info@womeninhpc.org.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St
Dallas | United States
Sun 11, Nov, 2018
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
650 S Griffin St
Dallas | United States
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